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  • A sum of $100 million has been allocated for initiatives under the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme.
  • The project aims to provide improved service delivery and management capacity of justice sector institutions.
  • Some of the physical achievements up to February included the expansion of the Justice Reform Implementation Unit.

A sum of $100 million has been allocated for initiatives under the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme.

The amount is provided in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee.

The project aims to provide improved service delivery and management capacity of justice sector institutions; improve the capacity of ministries, departments, and agencies to coordinate and streamline the process of developing legislation; and improve the capacity of citizens and civil organisations to participate in justice reform and promote public order.

For this fiscal year, the sum will be used for: hiring a consultant to prepare an implementation plan for comprehensive court management and administrative reforms; conducting a comprehensive review of the Criminal Justice System; developing and implementing a comprehensive statistics, data capture, and reporting system for the Ministry of Justice and key justice sector stakeholders; and preparing and implementing a phased plan for criminal justice reforms.

Some of the physical achievements up to February included: expanding the Justice Reform Implementation Unit; selecting a consultant to develop a communication strategy; contracting consultants to review the decriminalization of minor offences, with a view to making proposals for legislative changes; and designing a social order component of the Justice Reform Programme and commenced development of an implementation plan.

The project, which is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will end in March 2016.